APC Vice President Candidate, Yemi Osinbajo on Corruption in Nigeria

His proposed solutions are important but not sturdy enough, and not completely immune from Human manipulation. We need systems that would work irrespective of human manipulations. I believe more sturdy policies could be set in place, the structures of Law enforcement should be reviewed and steps should be taken for the purposeful increase of the middle class. Watch out for my article on How to stop corruption in Nigeria.

Ofili’s Book Reading – a discussion on Religion, Education and Politics in the Nigerian Context.

The book Hos intelligence Kills.
The book How intelligence Kills.

Ofili Okechukwu, is by far on of the most interesting personalities I have ever come across in a long time. A graduate of the University of Houston, Texas; an engineer for a multi-national company; a writer; a speaker; an artist and above all a Nigerian – who actually does love Nigeria.

Ofili is one of the few successful writers that write the same way they speak; i.e. he uses sentences like “that ice-cream was the shit” and “fuck that, I gat to do what I gat to do”. This kind of writing is very common within the informal social sphere of the web, but the way Ofili contorts his tenses, using a seemingly quotidian style, especially when addressing critical issues makes him a delight to read.

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Celebrate Christmas… Why???

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Why do people really care about Christmas? I have asked myself this question many times.

But for some 2 billion believers it was the day their Lord and personal saviour was born. Although this might be the reason why majority of believers do celebrate Christmas, I find this reason somehow untenable.

So here is my Christmas story:

As a kid, Christmas was a time to look forward, above all things it was a time of no school -this alone made it beautiful for me. I live in Lagos, and at that time it was very common for Lagos to be empty during Christmas because most families would head to the village to spend the season with loved ones. The standard population of Lagos then, was 15 million during Christmas this number dwindles to 5 million. But my family was never really the village going type. My grandparents lived in other Nigerian cities, and any time my parents went to see them they never really took me. So my holidays would be spent in Lagos. But I was never allowed to do the ‘cool’ things other children did, like to throwing ‘banger’ and going to Mr Biggs. I would be made to stay indoors most of the time. In retrospect it was never really a nice time.

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Back for Silence, reformed…

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Isolation; very deadly, but sometimes could be important for the development of one’s life. It is difficult to grow, meditate, think and evolve as sentient beings in any aspect with all the noise – a symbiotic nuisance of modernity. The noise belongs to everyone and everything, so real development can only come from calculated moments of isolation, taken by the brave souls seeking enlightenment.

Isolation could be forced or voluntary. We have heard stories of ex-cons doing their best work in prison or having some kind of epiphany within the walls of their cells; and stories of great men who spend years in monasteries, country sides and caves, living as recluses, searching, working, studying, and tinkering until they achieve enlightenment

Without the eighteen month seclusion in the country during the plague, Isaac Newton might never have blessed the world with his original contributions to science. “All this was in the two plague years of 1665 and 1666, for in those days I was in my prime of age for invention, and minded mathematics and philosophy more than at any time since” he once said.

In the past few months my life has undergone some changes. I have experienced drastic transformations of my worldviews, leading to a personality change that has taken me a while to consolidate on – hence, my silence thus far.

I deeply apologize to my readers for my silence. But it was necessary for me to go into isolation to discover my path.

To my readers, thank you all for your support, especially for finding the time in your busy schedules to read my blog. Without you all there would be no tamalexblog: the curious observations of a young fellow disenchanted with society. Without you I would possess no inspiration to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard and voice to public address system. I stand in awe of you all.

So I pray for you today:

May you all find love where there is hatred, pardon where there is injury, harmony where there is discord, truth where there is error, faith where there is doubt, hope where there is despair, light where there is darkness and joy where there is sadness.

صلى لكم .

A Note on the Historical Flashback Newspaper and the Independence Month Series

So I have come to the end of my independent month series – my very small contribution to celebrate the independence of my country. Hope it was very helpful? I appreciate the Historical Flashback newspaper of making the series possible.

The Historical Flashback Newspaper is a monthly periodical that details historical events in Nigeria and was the main inspiration for the Independence Month Series. It served as a major point of reference for the series.

As an advocate of political and historical consciousness among the general populace I find the Newspaper very helpful as it does not just give important details of historical events but tremendous insights into why the events of today are what they are.

There is a reason why we follow the steps of great men, taking note of the paths that led to their greatness and avoiding the paths that led to their fall. It is because the past helps us make decisions and take actions in the present that define and create our future.

Never listen to people who like to say “forget the past”, because they know not what they say, and are headed for doom – if they take their own advice. The past is to be remembered, to be ingrained on the facades of our hearts and not to be forgotten.

Because human beings in a fundamental sense are the same – if not there would be no point for the theories of psychology and sociology – history always finds a way to repeat itself. To avoid the unfavourable parts of history repeating herself men must possess the knowledge of history, so as to use her to change the course of events for the better.

Past Head of States of Nigeria.
Past Head of States of Nigeria. Top from the left: Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Gen. Aguyi Ironsi, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Gen. Murtala Mohammed, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo. Bottom from the left: Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan, Gen. Sani Abacha, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar
The October Edition of the Historical Flashback Newspaper.
The October Edition of the Historical Flashback Newspaper.

Independence Month Series: October 31, 1960

Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto and the Premier of Northern Nigeria stated that his government was in full support of private enterprise and would give assistance to any practical scheme drawn up for the industrial growth of the region.

The Federal Public Service Commission announced the appointment of four Nigerians as permanent secretaries in the Federal Public Service. They were Mr L.V. Anionwu, Mr W. Simpson, Mr E.G. Lewis and Mr S.O. Wey.

Dr Azikiwe called for Understanding and co-operation between various tribes in Nigeria.

Sources:

  1. Historical Flashback newspaper vol. 3 No. 9
  2. wikipedia.com